Minimalist t-shirts are cool and graphic tees can definitely play up your boyish charms, but there’s nothing quite like going a little literal with your outfit choices when you’re hiding out at the beach.
Enter the tropical shirt: a fun option to wear on a Friday for drinks in the city, but an even more fun option to wear on Sunday for brunch in Hua Hin.
Simultaneously cheesy and fantastic, tropical shirts are a great option for the man who doesn’t like wearing tees but wants to keep his shirt whites for the boardroom. They scream (or rather: they sing) that you’re #OutOfOffice and definitely on holiday, and the best pairing for them is a Piña Colada.
Here, we’ve put together some of our favourite designer tropical shirts of the minute. Some very traditional (palm trees, palm trees everywhere), others more abstract, there’s a little something for everyone here. Be it out of Bangkok or out on your balcony, wherever you head this weekend, you’ll always be in fine company sporting these.
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There’s something very nostalgic about this RRL shirt (approx. THB 8893), be it the 1940s era photo print or the retro-style camp collar. Cut from mid-weight-cotton-jersey, it’s a tropical shirt in its more understated form, suited to the creative who strays away from the conventional. Charming, with a touch of history — the images depict real sailors on vacation.
It’s no secret Gucci’s creative director Alessandro Michele has an affinity for bold and graphic prints. Featured here in a boxy fit shirt (approx. THB 38,762), it’s made from silk-twill and finished with mother-of-pearl buttons. It’s a grand option for weekend dinners, and for those who love a soft feel on the skin, too.
As tropical as they come. Are you dreaming of Hawaii like how we’re dreaming of Hawaii? Exclusive to Mr. Porter, we love this shirt (approx. THB 3859) for its colour and pattern, cut from a soft cotton-blend. Printed with ‘Land of Aloha’ vignettes, it’s a great way to brighten up any gloomy rain day even in the city.
It feels like there’s a whole novel happening on this shirt, and we kind of love it. Wacko Maria’s bold camp-collar shirt (approx. THB 20,883) was designed together with the Los Angeles-based artist Neck Face, who has a bit of a rep for painting controversial graffiti. One for the rebels, the scene featured on this shirt depicts demon characters attacking today’s image-obsessed social media culture.
Beyond parrots, flamingos are probably one of the most beloved tropical motifs, and this Polo Ralph Lauren shirt (approx. THB 4788) knows it. Featuring the pink bird alongside palm trees, surf boards, and fruit, the button-down shirt is made from mid-weight cotton Oxford with a customisable name tag along the placket.
We couldn’t have done a vacation style list and not include Loewe’s Paula’s Ibiza items. Bringing a dreamy bohemian spirit to the scene, this shirt (approx. THB 20,522) is designed for warm climates like ours, made from lightweight linen for breathability. Featuring those signature mermaids on the right side of the shirt, we love that this is a long-sleeve option — nice to roll up in a handsome way, or to wear down for a more suited-and-booted look.
This colour scheme isn’t a common one amongst typical tropical shirts, but we red-heart-love this as a lesser conventional choice, too. Where logo tees are fun, a crisp logo shirt like this one from Human Made (approx. THB 11,857) looks dressy and yet playful. Tailored in Japan, it’s made from a smooth cotton-poplin for very relaxed wearing.
It’s hard not to order a Piña Colada when wearing this Reyn Spooner shirt (approx. THB 7296). Available exclusively at Mr. Porter, the camp-collar shirt is made from a cotton-blend with a pineapple print. A bit more understated, it boasts lived-in look — almost as if a holiday is exactly where you’re right at home.
We love how something about this Saturdays NYC shirt (approx. THB 7069) actually has something of a Saturday in NYC vibe about it. Are you headed for a fun lunch? Or are you headed out to the Hamptons? Whilst we’re still opting for Phang Nga much rather, we love this breathable Lyocell-twill shirt for its colourful pattern. It’s very versatile to pair, too, be it with blue jeans or with beige chinos.
Ending our list with a roar, this Wacko Maria shirt (approx. THB 25,650) features the design of famed tattooist Tim Lehi. Tropical with an Asian undertone, we love the thin lines and the bold shaded colours — a familiar style if you’re into Irezumi tattoos. A fierce look both for the man who is inked and he who is not, the camp-collar shirt is made from lightweight rayon and has been especially crafted in Japan. Unleash that weekend trip on us — we’re ready.